Paul Oscher

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

5 April 1950, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. At the age of 12 Oscher was given a harmonica and was soon playing the blues, aided by informal lessons from Jimmy Johnson, a former blues harpist. At 15, Oscher had progressed to playing professionally at black clubs, often in tandem with guitarist and vocalist Little Jimmy Mae. Oscher’s reputation spread and two years after he first met Muddy Waters he was hired to join the blues master’s band. This was in 1967 and Oscher quickly made an impressive mark, chiefly for his exciting playing but also because he had now become the first white member of a major black blues band. In addition to playing harmonica, he learned other instruments, guitar, piano and melodica, taking instruction from other members of Waters’ band. With Waters, Oscher toured the USA and visited Europe to considerable acclaim. In addition to his work with Waters, which included appearing on several records, including Live At Mr....

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